Saturday, 31 August 2013

No time for snoozin' tonight !

It's the end of the month and that means another WMS pyjama party.  Earlier this month Claire released some fabulous new stamps which I just had to buy of course and this week I've been getting them inky in preparation for tonight's PJ party.  There are 4 challenges plus the bedtime sketch.  So far I've created 3 cards but the night is still young so I'm hoping to get at least one more done before I retire for the evening, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the bedtime sketch will be.

This month there is a colour challenge - don't you just love this palette, and here's my card.

I used some distressed kraft card that I made some time ago using crackle coating, gesso and blue acrylic paint.  Although it looks like the paint is all cracked and peeling off, it is in fact quite smooth and perfect for overstamping.  I cut the piece into narrow "plank" strips and a larger panel.  I overstamped the larger panel with an image and a sentiment from one of last year's sets "North Shore", and the boards with the rope border from "Tying the Knot".  I am entering this card in Challenge 1 "Tie a Knot in it" and Challenge 3 Colour Inspiration.  

My second card is a baby boy card.  When I took delivery of the new Pinstripe and Zig-Zag Background stamps I sat down and made a whole bunch of backgrounds.  I then had to put them to use and I had been meaning to make a baby boy card with a nautical theme for some time now - finally had an excuse if not a reason!!!
I stamped the string and knots from the WMS Bitty Banners, curving the rope slightly on the acrylic block.  The base of the boat was made by cutting a Spellbinders circle in two and the sails were made by cut using the bottom half of a Sizzix Kite Framelit - simple but effective I think.  I cut a "porthole" in the striped background and raised it up for some dimension.  A Sizzlit anchor and a few gems finished it off.  The envelope was stamped with a very old PSX anchor stamp - one of the the first I ever owned. I am entering this card in Challenge 1 - Tie a Knot in it (I'm being cheeky here but there are two knots stamped on the top), Challenge 2 - Get Nauty and Challenge 4 - Golden Oldies (the PSX anchor).

My last card for this post is another Nautical Number.  Yesterday my good friend Ruth asked if I could make a card for her Aunt and Uncle who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary next week.  I immediately thought of thistles and tartan (they're Scottish) but I couldn't believe my luck when she told me her uncle had been in the Navy for 25 years, and this beautiful heart-shaped rope knot from Tying the Knot seemed perfect.  Again I cut a port hole in the pinstriped background, this time to frame a gold embossed thistle.  I masked the background card before stamping the pinstripe background - leaving a blank space for the ropes.  I used a celtic font on the middle pennant and stamped the inside of the card with Happy Anniversary from the Celtic Heritage set (embossed in gold of course) as well as the rope from Tying the Knot.  The back of the envelope was also stamped with the Heart rope knot.  The more I look at it the more I think I'll redo the banners stamped with the pennant frame from Bitty Banners, which will set off the initials and the dates - they look a little bare at the moment.
I'm entering this card in Challenge 1 - Tying the Knot and Challenge 2 - Getting Nauty.

Thanks for stopping by :), hope you enjoy the PJ Party


  1. Terrific cards! Love the pinstriped backgrounds--I think I should've bought that one, too...

  2. Oh my word, that crackle background is to die for - would so LOVE to see a tutorial for that... hint, hint....cracking pinstripe cards also, love the porthole, such a neat idea Kate!Chuffed to see you playing along - good luck in the challenges!

  3. I love the crackle background you created Kate- it looks wonderful with the red stampings - a fun summer theme! your baby card is SO bright and fun with the sail boat and fun banner - and I'm sure the anniversary couple will love this personalized card you created for their celebration! thanks for coming to the WMS PJ party tonight!

  4. These are all so fabulous. I love that crackle, and all the pinstriped backgrounds. Such fun, and you have made so many very different styles and types of cards. Thanks for your comment about my little favor tote bags. They are actually cut with a PTI Favor-it die #4 I hope this link works. No tutorial necessary, as if you have the die, it is easy as pie.

  5. Your cards are beautiful, Kate!! The crackle background looks awesome, and your last card is so lovely - wow 50 years together, that'll be a wonderful celebration.

  6. Why didn't I get that pinstripe stamp? (sigh!) Love it on your cards. Speaking of cards, wow! I'm joining the throng that's asking for a tutorial, please, please.

  7. Add me to the list!!!
    I keep looking at this crackle paint but without knowing how to use it...
    I won't buy it...
    and I want to! :)
    Fabulous cards...
    all of them...
    really love the personal touch you added for a very special anniversary...
    I know they will treasure it! :)

  8. Three outstanding creations, Kate. The crackle background looks perfect with the North Shore image and the great border of rope images is stunning. That nautical baby card is so adorable with your pennants - so perfect for that new little bundle of joy! Your anniversary card is so creative with your pinstripe background and I just adore your matching envelope. Great job and I'm so happy that you could join us for the party!

  9. The crackle and the North shore look great together! .i love all the different ideas you have on your the baby one. How fun to learn the person was in the navy that you were making a card for.

  10. This crackled paint makes a stunning effect! Love your card!
    Your wedding card is wonderful - my gosh, they are married as long as I live!!!


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